Creation of the Memorial at Queenston Heights

In 2007, a Legacy Working Group of the Niagara-on-the-Lake War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee was created to recognize the important role of Native peoples in the defence of Upper Canada in some permanent and meaningful fashion. A Request for Proposals was issued and two finalists, Tom Ridout of Fleisher Ridout Partnership, an established Toronto landscape firm, and Raymond Skye, a celebrated Six Nations artist, were chosen to collaborate on this important memorial at Queenston Heights on land donated by The Niagara Parks Commission.The completion of Landscape of Nations is to coincide with the bicentennial commemoration of the historic Council of Peace and Reconciliation held at Niagara between the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, those of New York and the British Crown on August 31-September 1, 1815. The creation of this brilliant, artistic installation will inspire remembrance, reinforce the need to renew historic bonds between Native peoples and Canadians, and enhance our awareness of the significance of the War of 1812 and its role in shaping the future of our country.

A New Era of Reconciliation

The Battle of Queenston Heights on October 13, 1812 served as an extraordinary expression of historic alliances and marked an essential moment when the borders and character of our fledgling country were being tested and defined. The heroics and exploits of Major-Generals Sir Isaac Brock and Roger Hale Sheaffe on the battlefield and in diplomacy are well known to history. Largely unknown, however, is the critically important role played by the Six Nations and Native allies in supporting their British and Canadian compatriots and securing victory at pivotal events.


Landscape of Nations, the Six Nations & Native Allies Commemorative Memorial at Queenston Heights, will affirm the proper place of First Nations peoples at the core of Canadian history and signal their ongoing role in contemporary life and national affairs. Toward this effort a dramatic, compelling, and inspirational public artwork has been designed and approved; a solid and accountable organizational structure has been built; and lead campaign funding has been secured from the Government of Canada. After more than 200 years, we stand at the precipice of Queenston Heights with a clear vision to boldly reflect the past and acknowledge Canada's first allies.

Site Design and Concept

Landscape of Nations, the Six Nations & Native Allies Commemorative Memorial at Queenston Heights, will affirm the proper place of First Nations peoples at the core of Canadian history and signal their ongoing role in contemporary life and national affairs. Toward this effort a dramatic, compelling, and inspirational public artwork has been designed and approved; a solid and accountable organizational structure has been built; and lead campaign funding has been secured from the Government of Canada. After more than 200 years, we stand at the precipice of Queenston Heights with a clear vision to boldly reflect the past and acknowledge Canada's first allies.

"This project is long overdue and is an excellent opportunity to put forth the recognition deserving of the Six Nations and Native allies who fought in this critical battle and other engagements in the War of 1812. Equally important was the Council of Peace and Reconciliation held in 1815, after so much destruction and divisiveness, that restored relations among the parties." - Raymond Skye

Campaign Goal

$1.4 million will build and maintain this memorial. With your support, we will reach this goal. We encourage individual donors to inquire with their employer about matching funds for charitable gifts. Please join us as we embark on this compelling legacy project ­ one which will become a source of sustaining pride to First Nation peoples and become a lasting, cultural landmark for visitors and residents alike.

To Donate:
Make your cheque payable to:
"Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake/Landscape of Nations"
Mail to: Box 100 - 1593 Four Mile Creek Rd, Virgil, ON, L0S 1J0

All donations receive a tax receipt. Over 74% of our campaign goal has been achieved!

For further information, please contact:

John Hawley:

905-468-2766
john.hawley12@gmail.com

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN GOAL ACHIEVED

The Working Group is pleased to announce a $150,000 capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Along with the Canadian Heritage’s Legacy Fund grant of $420,000, which launched the Landscape of Nations Commemorative Memorial National Campaign, and subsequent generous donations and pledges from individuals, foundations, and corporations, we have achieved our campaign goal of $1.4 million!

Construction is now proceeding on the public artwork on Queenston Heights with completion scheduled for later this summer.

A special committee is currently planning an Inaugural Celebration to recognize project donors, unveil the completed public artwork, and introduce our major educational imperative:

To formally recognize the sacrifices and contributions of the Six Nations and Native Allies during the War of 1812 and to promote the reconciliation of the shared history of Canadian and Aboriginal peoples.

This unique grand opening event at Queenston Heights Park will be open to the public at large – date to be confirmed soon.

This project has been supported by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.
Ce projet a été appuyé par le Programme Développement des communautés par le biais des arts et du patrimoine du ministère de Patrimoine canadien.